AUB Establishes Virtual Instrumentation Center
Lab Combines Engineering Concepts and NI Technology for Hands-On Learning
The American University of Beirut and National Instruments (NASDAQ: NATI)
have joined forces to provide students and faculty of engineering programs
with the technology to design, test, and deploy projects through the establishment
of a Virtual Instrumentation Center of Excellence. According to Professor
Fouad Mrad of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, the
new AUB center will enable students to use modern professional technology
to expand on their classroom knowledge and implement engineering concepts.
The facility of virtual instrumentation will allow users to create multifunctional
and customizable test and measurement devices using a combination of modular
hardware and easy-to-integrate software. The National Instruments (NI)
software, pioneered by NI, can be used to manipulate and control the functions
of hardware, allowing it to serve multiple users and functions.
"Supplementing a quality curriculum with NI tools gives students
a hands-on experience that will further their knowledge and allow them
to see theory in practice," says Michel Haddad, general manager of
NI Arabia. "By implementing commercial-grade tools into a recognized
learning environment, NI and AUB are joining forces to give students a
strong advantage as future engineers."
The center will provide students with experience in areas such as control
and instrumentation, DSP, RF telecommunications, and mechatronics. It
is equipped with over 14 teaching and research lab instruments that will
allow students to apply the theories they have learned in class, such
as graphical programming, digital communications, and other powerful professional
tools that will help the students visualize and implement engineering
concepts and employ the same techniques widely used in the industry.